This week Rob and I sat down with a longtime friend, local whiskey aficionado, all together good guy who goes by the name Patrick and most importantly….Whiskey on the Rails first official guest! Being graced with such royalty we thought we would pull out a bottle of Rye Whiskey and see what happened. The Rye of choice this day was Bulleit Rye Whiskey, and I couldn’t have been happier about our selection. This 95% rye, 5% malted barley is distilled by Lawrenceburg Distillers in the state of Indiana for Bulleit Distilling Company in Lawrenceburg Kentucky. We decided rather than dwell on the logistics of this fine company, we would much rather crack this bad boy open!
First step of our review is the bottle. Bulleit kept it classy with clear glass, raised lettering and a green label to let everyone know that this is a Small Batch Rye American Whiskey that would look great behind any bar. The bottle really allows for the golden straw color to do the talking. This small batch rye is aged 4-7 years and packs a decent punch at 90 proof (45%ABV). Ok, I know what you’re thinking…. “Enough already, tell me about what is INSIDE the bottle!!!” Folks, I couldn’t agree with you more!
So for those of you just discovering us here at Whiskey on the Rails, we like to review our whiskey three ways: Neat, Rocks, Mixer/Cocktail. So we started with a nice shot of the Bulleit in our beautifully crafted and personalized Glencairn Whiskey Glasses and gave this rye a whirl. The initial sniff test hit us with a sweet cherry, caramel mix. First taste….AMAZING! Extremely smooth and ridiculously clean on the mouth with a delightful burn on the way down. The cherry that was picked up on the sniff test really stands out during the taste and also has a nice cinnamon finish. The whole drinking experience is incredibly smooth and extremely well balanced, making this one of my new favorites! Adding some rocks to our glasses mellowed it down a tad, but the tones didn’t fade and almost seemed to enhance most of the flavors. For the first time after one of our reviews, I took this bottle home and enjoyed quite a few on the rocks for the rest of the day! General consensus of neat and rocks was unanimous, this booze is delicious all the way around! For the third way, Rob showcased his bartending skills, whipped us up a tasty Manhattan and gave away his great recipe, but you are going to have to listen to the podcast review for that…wink, wink! We all agreed that there is no way we were going to mix this with anything other than a good cocktail. A Bulleit Rye Manhattan would be a great choice to sip on while drawing from a good cigar or a nice nightcap.
The votes were tallied; Patrick loved it neat while Rob and Eric were huge fans of Bulleit on the rocks. With a modest price of around the $30.00 mark, this is a bottle that should be tried by everyone. It is complex and strong enough for the experienced whiskey drinker yet mellow enough for the rookies. Since its release in 2011 Bulleit Rye has chalked up numerous awards including 2 Double Gold Medals and 3 Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. I never knew how good something had to be to win a DOUBLE gold medal, but I couldn’t agree more! If you haven’t had a chance to try Bulleit Rye, do yourself a favor and do so, not enough good things to say about this product!